Rhode Island Wild Plant Society





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Welcome to RIWPS!

We are dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island's native plants and their habitats. Explore our website and participate in our Programs! Please contact us with any suggestions or to get involved in our growing Society.
Paul Dolan, President

RIWPS Exhibit
Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian Uses of Native Plants: Historic to Contemporary at the February RI Spring Garden and Flower Show wins three awards!







Beechwood Lecture Series: What's New in the Nursery World
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
North Kingstown, RI

David Bosco, the second generation owner and president of Wildwood Nursery and Garden Center in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, will highlight some of the latest trends in the nursery industry. Come learn about the focus behind a new tree brand, how online marketing is changing the industry as well as new methods for selecting what trees to purchase.

The Beechwood lecture series is a joint effort of RI Wild Plant Society and URI Master Gardeners.




Backyard Biodiversity Workshop
March 18, 2015
South Kingstown, RI

In this workshop, Rick Enser, expert on Rhode Island rare plants and natural communities, will explore the importance of our backyards in preserving local biodiversity, and how some simple changes in the way we manage our properties can aid in the survival of many species. Participants are encouraged to bring photos of their properties to discuss specific situations and to share ideas.

Co-sponsored by RI Natural History Survey.




Annual Meeting & Lecture: The Beauty of America's Native Azaleas
March 28, 2015
South Kingstown, RI

Sally Perkins will share her passion for the genus Rhododendron as she explores many of the native deciduous azalea species. Sally is a member of the New England Wildflower Society, the North American Rock Garden Society and the American Rhododendron Society. She holds a BS in Botany and an MS in Cell Biology.

Co-sponsored by URI Master Gardeners.




First Thursday Botanizing Walks
April 2, 2015

Our April walk begins the second season of our First Thursday Botanizing Walk Series. Learn more about this walk and the rest of the series.




Vernal Pool Exploration
April 18, 2015

Join Drs. Peter Paton and Nancy Karraker from URI Department of Natural Resources Science to tour vernal pools in the Richmond area. Special attention will be paid to the ecology of pool breeding amphibians that thrive in this specialized habitat.





Call For Applications
Deadline February 28, 2015





Our two native plant sales...

    Early Bloomers and Spring Ephemerals (May 9, 2015)
    Best Native Plant Sale in Rhode Island (June 6, 2015)

Interested in helping with either or both of these major events?

Contact office@riwps.org to learn how you can contribute.



The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation organization dedicated to the preservation
and protection of Rhode Island's native plants and their habitats. Contributions and dues in excess of $5
(for annual Bulletin subscription) are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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RIWPS Office P.O. Box 888 No. Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 789-7497 office@riwps.org

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